Born in Portland, Adam studied biology in the front range of Colorado (at Colorado College), before moving to western Colorado to learn farming and permaculture on small, diversified veggie and cut flower operations. Adam spent a few years studying and working as a Massage Therapist in Kaua'I, HI, before returning to the Willamette Valley in 2012. Adam has lived and worked at GeerCrest since autumn of 2012 as a farmer, steward, learner and educator, bringing his joy of connecting all ages with the homestead and nurturing a healthy farm system.
Patty, Farm Elder & Human Resources Director
Patty joins us from New Mexico. As the Farm Elder, Patty brings life experience, compassion, patience, wisdom, and diversity to the multi-generational farm family. Patty is a Permaculture Diplomat, who founded the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children in 2006, and held Permaculture Design Certificate courses at UNM. She is a passionate educator who has worked extensively with children and youth in a wide range of educational settings, and trains teachers in bringing her knowledge into the classroom. She is currently creating the Anytown Food Forest Project, and worked with Albuquerque Open Space in the development of a two acre public food forest, involving public schools. She also applies her BA in Spanish, studies in science, engineering and education, her experience teaching public middle school science in the farm education programs.
She is delighted to be the mother of three gentle-hearted and critically thinking young adults. Thriving in the farm family life, joyfully finding innumerable ways to weave in her work and life experience, appreciating the creativity that comes from living a life at the intersection of nature, education, a rich history and an agrarian -whole community- life at this momentous time.
Iena, Site Director/Coordinator
Iena & her daughter, Autumn joined the farm team in May of 2017. They relocated from Pennsylvania, wanting to embrace farm living for the first time. Like many staff on this farm, she has many skills, but has found her niche as Site Coordinator.
Iena has a background in art & business management. She has taught arts & crafts at a Girl Scout Camp, worked with special needs children & adults for 10 years & is handy with a variety of tools.
She is grateful to be here an is overjoyed to be considered one of the Farm Family.
Paige, Farm & Educational Staff
Paige, age 22, was born in the Sonoran Desert of Tucson and spent most of her life in a small town along the Colorado River. With a desire for total change, she studied for a year in College at Western Washington University in Bellingham and felt quickly at home in the Pacific Northwest. Since traveling and moving down to Oregon she's explored WWOOFing, became a Master Gardener, and attended an Intro to Permaculture course. She was drawn to the farm in June 2017 and her love for this space and lifestyle grows deeper as each season passes. Seeds of Sustainable living, Food justice, children's education, Biodynamic gardening, and traditional craft are continuing to unfurl since coming to the farm in June 2017. In her words,
"The farm gives me hope for a deeply connected society and holding that space for children is such a gift"
Autumn came here from Pennsylvania with her Mom, Iena, in May 2017. Several batches of ducklings hatched promptly after their arrival & she became the primary caretaker of several dozen Muscovy ducklings over 5 months time. She did everything from feeding them, teaching them to dunk their bills in water & trouble shooting with health concerns that came up.
Since then, the farm shares the responsibility of the ducks & Autumn is free to learn new skills, like pruning fruit trees & animal care. Autumn is the youngest member of the farm family & participates fully in all aspects of farm life.
When visitors ask her if she misses television, she responds, "I think I only watched TV because I had nothing to do. There's plenty to do here on the farm. So, no, I don't miss it."